Drunk Driving and the Growing Epidemic in the US

By Peter DePaolis

Car accidents are the leading cause of death in America, killing over 30,000 people every year. According to MADD.org, 28 Americans die every day in drunk driving accidents.

A motorist with alcohol in his or her system will experience:

  • Lack of vehicular control
  • Slower reaction time
  • Impaired judgment
  • Blurred vision

All of these impairments create a deadly situation on the road. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving website stated that the average drunk motorist has driven drunk 80 times before a first arrest.

Even though the public knows how dangerous drunk driving is and know the extreme consequences when you are caught drunk behind the wheel (i.e. DWI arrest, license suspension, etc.), drunk driving is still a major concern for those on the road.

Never drink and drive, because lives are hanging in the balance. If we work together, we can eliminate intoxicated driving on our roadways.

One Killed in Deadly Fort Washington Head-On Collision

drink, keys and gavelA driver was killed in a fatal car crash in Prince George’s County on May 5, according to WJLA ABC 7.

The accident occurred at Route 210 and East Swan Creek Road in Fort Washington around 2:40 a.m. According to Prince George County Police Department officials, a Cadillac was traveling southbound on Route 210 Indian Head Highway when it unexpectedly crossed over into the northbound lanes and struck a BMW head-on.

Both drivers were transported to a local hospital. The driver of the BMW was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital, while the driver of the Cadillac reportedly sustained serious injuries.

This fatal accident is still under investigation, and alcohol is believed a factor in the crash.

Koonz’s Did You Know: According to MADD.org, drunk driving deaths have increased by five percent for the first time in six years.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Source: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/05/police-investigating-fatal-car-crash-in-fort-washington-102779.html

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.